MHS students recognized by Board

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The Board of Education recognized students Jonah Guse, Lily Baird, Jade Davis and Autumn Meggers at its regular meeting on Monday, June 10.

Guse was the top scorer among more than 650 students in the Madison Area Math League competition and also was named to the MAML first team. Baird earned a medal by finishing in the top 10 out of 160 students in hotel and lodging management at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando in April after qualifying for the third straight year. Davis and Meggers took third as a team at the 2019 Recipe for Excellence student competition at UW-Stout and Davis also qualified for the national competition later this month in Anaheim, Calif.

MHS math teacher Marc Brousseau, DECA adviser Robert Hutchison and Family and Consumer Science teacher Tara Bradford attended the recognition.

In other news from Monday's meeting:

* The Board received a briefly budget update for 2019-20. Director of Business Services Lori Ames said the District is working on a preliminary budget, which will be reviewed by the finance committee and presented to the full Board in July for approval.

She doesn't expect a state budget to be finalized anytime soon, which means there will be a lot of changes to the preliminary budget before the annual meeting in September and final approval in October. She also shared the preliminary planning assumptions for 2019-20.

* The Board approved the 2019-20 student fees.The Handwriting Without Tears workbook fee was eliminated, while there was an increase in the orchestra workbook fee. In addition, a technology fee was added to cover the cost of repairs and maintenance of computers in the 1:1 program at the high school.

* The Board approved the 2019-20 facility use fee schedule for schools and the Performing Arts Center. There were no changes to the schools fee schedule. The PAC use fees include the elimination of the percentage fee, an increase to the general space fee for Groups 5-6 and an additional fee for use of the haze machine.

* The Board approved approved a resolution for a new OPEB trust agreement. The District, through CESA 6, participates in the Wisconsin OPEB Trust. CEASA 6 and the participating districts out out a request for proposal for the investment manager, trustee and custodian/recordkeeper functions. BMO Harris will now serve as the trustee and custodian of the trust assets.

* The Board approved a resolution for a new OPEB investment manager. CESA 6 and the participating districts also put out a request for proposal for the investment manager. PMA, LLC. will now serve as the investment manager for the trust assets.

* The Board approved an amendment to a lease agreement with the City of Middleton. The change releases four of the eight soccer fields on the north side of Airport Road on City of Middleton property back to the city. The District will continue to maintain and arrange for irrigation for the four fields it uses, while the city will continue to allow usage of the parking lot and pay utility charges for the water used.

* The Board approved a donation of $25,000 from the West Middleton PTO for additions to the book room and 30 new iPads for classrooms. All donations of more than $10,00 must be approved by the Board, according to policy.

* The Board approved a contract with CESA 5 for 2019-20 for deaf and hard of hearing teacher services. Special education administration recommended approval.

* The Board approved a trip to Germany by MHS students in June 2020. All foreign travel must be approved by the Board, according to policy.

* The Board approved the Dane County School to Work Consortium 66.03 Agreement. The District has been participating in the consortium, which consists of 16 area districts, for many years.

* The Board approved a payment to Godfrey & Kahn.